The Major Periods

1962 – 1965: Early Pop Paintings

As one of the original wave of Pop artists Gerald Laing produced some of the most significant works of the British Pop movement. His paintings reproduced images of popular heroes such as starlets, film stars, drag racers, astronauts and skydivers. His 1962 portrait of Brigitte Bardot is an iconic work of the period and regularly features in major Pop retrospectives alongside Lincoln Convertible from 1964, a commemoration of the assassination of JFK.

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1965 – 1970: Utopian Abstract Sculpture

From 1965 Gerald Laing's painting evolved into abstract sculptures using the techniques and materials of car customisation - lacquering, spray-painting and chrome-plating on metal.

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1970 – 1973: Sculpture In The Landscape

A move from New York to the Highlands of Scotland in 1970 saw Gerald Laing's sculpture respond to the beauty, roughness and power of the surrounding landscape.

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1972 – 2010: Public Sculpture

Public sculptures include the the Bank Station Dragons; the Rugby Sculptures at Twickenham Stadium; the Cricketer at Lords; the Highland Clearances Memorial in Helmsdale, Sutherland and Axis Mundi in Edinburgh.

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1973 – 1980: Galina Series

Inspired by the figurative sculpture of the First World War Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner, in 1973 Gerald Laing began to model in clay and cast in bronze. The Galina Series and associated sculptures were his first works from this period.

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1982 – 2007: Portrait Heads

Gerald Laing's portrait work includes heads and reliefs of Luciano Pavarotti, Andy Warhol, Paul Getty and Sam Wanamaker.

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2002 – 2005: War Paintings

The Iraq war and the publication of images of torture at Abu Ghraib prison drew Gerald Laing back to painting for the first time in over three decades. The War Paintings series sees the starlets and all-American heroes of his early paintings take on new, more sinister roles.

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2004 – 2011: New Paintings

Returning to the style and subject matter of his early pop art paintings, Gerald Laing's latest paintings feature media images of contemporary celebrities including Amy Winehouse and Kate Moss.

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New Paintings 2004–2011

Returning to the style and subject matter of his early pop art paintings, Gerald Laing's latest paintings feature media images of contemporary celebrities including Amy Winehouse and Kate Moss.

These new paintings for modern times treat the canvas as a flat plain on which colours and forms are clearly arranged. little attempt is made to create atmospheric space by moduation of the paint colour and tone, and accident is kept to a minimum.

Within the paintings there are games for the eye and the mind; visual paradoxes, puns and metaphors, deeply layered. This strengthens and indeed sustains them.

As in my earliest paintings of the 1960s, the chief compositional opportunity lies in the dichotomy between the monochrome drawing of halftone and the hard edge flatness of the coloured areas.

I can get more detail, more information, more drama and more mystery in the black and white passages which are literally paintings of newspaper photographs, and I tend to use them to convey emotionally charged ideas. They depend on optical effects, such as the persistence of the visual image on the retina, and our ability to understand certain visual conventions that are part of the shorthand of image transmission which we have learned in the modern environment. If you look closely at the cnvas, the surface disintegrates and becomes abstract, displaying its digital system of transmission; from further away, it resolves into an image. Both qualities are part of the painting; combined, they are unique to our age.

On the other hand, the coloured areas are stark, clear and sharp. They reiterate the fact that the paintings are flat, decorated surfaces, relating to what used to be called, but are no longer, the Italian primitives. in other words they are more like Cimabue and Uccello than Turner or Rothko. They are objects, not windows; icons, not landscapes. These qualities are abstract. They sustain the paintings and give them stamina.

To Discuss the content of these paintings is to enter another arena. |It is the role of the artist to reiterate humanist concerns by pushing aside the veil of history which, cobweb-like, obscures the living past, and comment on them for his generation. The paintings show us the dance of our own modern times, in a modern manner. The events are essentially commonplace, ordinary joys and sins, though their effect is often devastating.

Gerald Laing, 2008




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Old Bardot

Artists CR 589a

2000

Oil on canvas

60x48inches/152x122cm

Provenance: Private collection;.

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: From 1963 to the Present, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh, 2004

Literature: John A. Walker, Art and Celebrity, 2002, p.96–7.

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Kaufen Macht Frei

Artists CR 605b

2004

A and K

Oil on canvas

73x41inches/185x104cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Provenance: .

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Reprise of Lotus I

Artists CR 627

2006

Kinkell

Oil on canvas

45x56inches/114x142cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

Literature: Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016.

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Homage to Josef Albers

Artists CR 629

February 2007

London

Oil on canvas

64x72inches/163x183cm

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Study for The Lowing Herd Winds Slowly O’er the Lea

Artists CR 630

2007

Kinkell

Oil on canvas

36x32inches/91x81cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, ocontemporary Gallery, London, 2008

Literature: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, 2008.

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The Lowing Herd Winds Slowly O’er the Lea

Artists CR 631

2007

London

Oil on canvas

72x64inches/183x163cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, ocontemporary Gallery, London, 2008

Literature: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, 2008.

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Victoria Beckham

Artists CR 635

2007

London

Oil on canvas

18x16inches/46x41cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, ocontemporary Gallery, London, 2008; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

Literature: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, 2008; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016; Gerald Laing Obituary, , Telegraph, 2011.

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The Kiss

Artists CR 637

2007

London

Oil on canvas

37x32inches/94x81cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Amy Winehouse, Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd, London, 2011

Literature: Gerald Laing Obituary, , Telegraph, 2011.

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Study for Kate Moss

Artists CR 638

2007

London

Oil on canvas

32x20inches/81x51cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, ocontemporary Gallery, London, 2008; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

Literature: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, 2008; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016; Gerald Laing Obituary, , Telegraph, 2011.

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Gethsemane

Artists CR 639

2008

London

Oil on canvas

44x32inches/112x81cm

Collection: Private Collection

Provenance: .

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, ocontemporary Gallery, London, 2008; Amy Winehouse, Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd, London, 2011

Literature: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, 2008.

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Thus Far and No Further

Artists CR 640

2008

London

Oil on canvas

42x27inches/107x69cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, ocontemporary Gallery, London, 2008; Amy Winehouse, Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd, London, 2011

Literature: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, 2008.

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Belshazzar’s Feast

Artists CR 641

2008

London

Oil on canvas

30x48inches/76x122cm

Collection: Private Collection

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, ocontemporary Gallery, London, 2008; Amy Winehouse, Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd, London, 2011

Literature: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, 2008.

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Kate Moss II

Artists CR 642

2008

Kinkell

Oil on canvas

48x30inches/122x76cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, ocontemporary Gallery, London, 2008

Literature: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, 2008; Gerald Laing Obituary, , Telegraph, 2011.

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The Kiss II

Artists CR 643

2008

Kinkell

Oil on canvas

72x62inches/183x157cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, ocontemporary Gallery, London, 2008; Amy Winehouse, Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd, London, 2011

Literature: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, 2008; Laura Gascoigne, [untitled], , Spectator, 2008.

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Mother and Child

Artists CR 644

2008

Kinkell

Oil on canvas

36.5x24inches/93x61cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, ocontemporary Gallery, London, 2008; Amy Winehouse, Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd, London, 2011

Literature: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, 2008.

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The Gethsemane Kiss

Artists CR 645

2008

London

Oil on canvas

18x22inches/46x56cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, ocontemporary Gallery, London, 2008; Amy Winehouse, Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd, London, 2011

Literature: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, 2008.

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Mother and Child and Alter Ego

Artists CR 646

2008

London

Oil on canvas

18x22inches/46x56cm

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, ocontemporary Gallery, London, 2008; Amy Winehouse, Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd, London, 2011

Literature: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, 2008.

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Domestic Perspective

Artists CR 647

2008

Kinkell

Oil on canvas

68.5x33inches/174x84cm, irregular

Collection: Artist's estate

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, ocontemporary Gallery, London, 2008; Amy Winehouse, Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd, London, 2011; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

Literature: Gerald Laing: New Paintings for Modern Times, 2008; Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016.

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The Black Spot

Artists CR 648a

2008

London

Acrylic on canvas

69x23.5inches/175x60cm

Provenance: Private collection;.

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Trouble in the Banlieu

Artists CR 650

2007

London

Oil on canvas

36x48inches/91x122cm

Collection: Laing Fine Art

Exhibitions: Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, The Fine Art Society, London, 2016

Literature: Gerald Laing 1936–2011: A Retrospective, 2016.

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Self Portrait (Tear Gas Grenade)

Artists CR 651

2011

London and Kinkell

Oil on canvas

112x72inches/284x183cm

Collection: Laing Fine Art

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